Donald Trump Signs Controversial Internet Privacy Bill

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 7.01.59 AM Donald Trump has signed a controversial measure that would allow Internet providers to more easily sell user data to third parties without their consent. The repeal of the Obama-era FCC regulation passed through Congress along narrow party-line votes. The repeal was a major win for Internet providers like Version and Comcast, which will now have similar to carte blanche access to user data as web companies like Google and Facebook. The Obama-era rule, which had not yet taken effect, would have required companies to receive user permission before selling their data to third parties. “President Trump and Congress have appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the Internet,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee. “Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were designed to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers.” Democrats and civil libertarian lobbied strenuously and unsuccessfully against Continue reading "Donald Trump Signs Controversial Internet Privacy Bill"

Donald Trump is Really Starting to Make Fox News Look Bad

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 8.11.18 AM On Friday, the White House issued a (sort of) apology to the British government after Press Secretary Sean Spicer insinuated that the British intelligence service, GCHQ, had helped President Obama wiretap Trump Tower. Like the original wiretapping claim, it was an idea that originated not with U.S. intelligence services, but the media. In this case, it was none other than Fox News’ favorite in-house judge, Andrew Napolitano. Recently, the silvered-haired Senior Judicial Analyst told Brian Kilmeade at Fox & Friends that “three intelligence sources” had “informed Fox News” about the espionage. The comments were boilerplate Napolitano, who has in the past compared compulsory voting to dictatorship and suggested that the Civil War was caused by “tariffs.” Unlike in those instances, however, there is a very important and receptive new listener — The President of the United States. In fact, far from just Napolitano, Trump’s voracious consumption of Fox News Continue reading "Donald Trump is Really Starting to Make Fox News Look Bad"

The Ties That Bind

From incendiary phone calls with world leaders to a sloppy military operation in Yemen, a look at what we've learned so far from "the leakiest White House in a very long time." Also, in a week when one journalist was fired for declaring that "objectivity is dead," we examine whether traditional standards of journalistic neutrality need to be re-imagined for a new era. And how the utopian promise of the Internet was overtaken by algorithms and monopolies that threaten to erode our democracy.

‘Forget the Press, Read the Internet’: Trump Advises Supporters To Ignore Mainstream Media

During his rally in Colorado earlier today, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that the press cannot be believed, so it is best not to read anything from them. Instead, it is best to just “read the internet.” “Forget the press, read the internet, study other things” Trump told the crowd. “Don’t go for the mainstream media. Most of them, good news, most of them fortunately won’t be around much longer.” Trump also said that he gets a “lot of honesty from the internet,” as if the internet was once singluar source for information.

North Korea Accidentally Allowed the Globe to Access Its Internet and All 28 Of Its Websites

That headline is not a typo. There are only 28 registered domains in the entire country of North Korea, the infamous Hermit Kingdom where internet access in general is an astonishing rarity and the state will go to tremendously comedic lengths to show the world that its people are — literally — well connected. The mishap happened sometime late Monday night when “North Korea’s nameserver – that contains information about all of the ‘.kp’ websites – was misconfigured,” according to CNBC. The result was that the world community gained access to the state-run sites, while include homepages for travel, education, insurance, and (predictably) a number of propaganda-filled news sites. Researcher Matthew Bryant uploaded as much of the information as he could onto Github, and Redditors have been busy extracting and parsing as many of the sites as possible. They quickly established what they call “The North Korean Website
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Why Does Ted Cruz Want to Shut Down the Government This Time?

cruzIf you’ve been following his Twitter or press releases lately, you’ll know that Sen. Ted Cruz (remember him?) has a new crusade: trying to prevent Internet oversight from going global. The federal government is moving forward with its plan to move governance of crucial technical aspects of the Internet — including the master registry of domain names (Domain Name System, or DNS) — to an international non-profit group. Cruz co-sponsored, with Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), the Protect Internet Freedom Act to ensure that the U.S. maintains control over these functions, and is now moving to block a short-term spending bill necessary to keep the government open through the end of the month. “If Congress fails to act, the Obama administration intends to give away control of the internet to an international body akin to the United Nations,” Cruz said last week. “If the proposal goes though, it will Continue reading "Why Does Ted Cruz Want to Shut Down the Government This Time?"

Confused About Why #KimExposedTaylorParty Has Been Trending Since Last Night? Click Here!

If you go on Facebook this morning, here’s the trending list you’ll see: Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.15 AM Here is the evergreen, most appropriate reaction: Still, you might want to know what it’s all about, since those trending descriptions are very, very vague. Fair enough. Before we can go over what happened last night and set the Internet on absolute fire, we have to go over what came before. Here is some background: 1. In 2009, Beyoncé released the music video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and even though it was her cheapest, simplest video, it went viral and became instantly iconic. You unquestionably know at least one person who has the entire dance routine memorized and/or someone who has dressed up in the costume from the video for
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